Starting this year, elementary students will find that hybrid learning turns classrooms into mixed use workspaces.
At Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy, sixth and seventh graders will learn in classrooms where technology is blended with new teaching techniques, ensuring that all students get a mix of technology and group based problem solving as well as the type of teaching that works best for them.
The Norristown Area School District is using grant money and partnering with Dellicker Strategies and the Hybrid Learning Institute to expand on hybrid classrooms.
“Hybrid learning is a style of teaching. It’s a way of organizing for instruction,” said Deborah Chagin, the district’s chief academic officer.
Classes are 90 minutes, and students are separated into three separate groups that switch every 30 minutes. In each 30 minute segment, students either receive small group instruction, work in small groups or individually on tasks, or use digital resources.
“It just makes sense that I can teach a group of eight students better than I can teach a group of 24 students ― a lot of one on one work there,” Chagin said.